7 Replies Latest reply: Feb 9, 2013 7:04 AM by Luis Sequeira1
bmex Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Is here any expert who has an idea why FCPx does not respond if the computer is not used for one or more hours, or after a coffe brake.


I have so many troubles with the fcpx, may be this strange reaction helps me to find the reason for  crashing and bad responding of fcpx.


The same projekts runs fine many hours, for example in the morning, in the evening the same thing runs very bad !



Is there any chance, that an  Apple expert logs in on my computer and tries to solve the problems ?????


I also run Edius 6 on a PC, if there is a rare problem, within hours an expert checks  it by locking in to my PC !



I invested a lot in Apple , I love the idea of the FCP X program , I bougth a lot of effects, I have a brake out box for the monitor, but I hate working with a computer that crashes continuously.



Thx for help and ideas

Final Cut Pro X, Mac OS X (10.7.5), 12 GB Ram, Tunderbold external
  • 1. Re: Crash after intermission ????
    Luis Sequeira1 Level 5 Level 5 (5,580 points)

    If, after running for many hours, it goes slow, what about quitting and restarting FCP X, or even restarting your Mac? Even 12GB may not be all that much if your projects are long and with lots of effects, and/or your project and event libraries are big. Also, try not to have nonnecessary applications running. They all eat up your RAM.


    Take a look at Activity Monitor - I am guessing that free RAM getting too low may be the cause of the slowdown.

    Whenever your free ram goes down into the tens of MB, your mac will slow down to a crawl.


    Part of the problem is that OS X does not always release inactive RAM back to the free RAM pool as quickly as is needed. This is an OS problem that we're still hoping for a solution. It has become less serious in 10.8.2 but not completely solved, so one needs to be a little proactive in terms of RAM usage.

  • 2. Re: Crash after intermission ????
    bmex Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks Luis,


    I will watch my Activity Monitor, but sometime problem starts if i only put some short (Gopro) files on the timeline, and all other projects are hidden (Event manager), also no effects or other gimmicks !!!!


    Troubles started when I updated to Lion and again when I updated FCPX (I had to do this for the external monitoring with the Matrox Box)


    And the fact that after a break fcpx is not responding seems to me very strange .

  • 3. Re: Crash after intermission ????
    bmex Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Luis here is an example what  happens right now:


    A complete clean start of FCPX, all old events and projects are hidden.




    Import of 2o Min. SD !!! footage from a DVD. (Transcoded into h 264 with stream clip)


    After some edits and 25 Seconds on the timeline total crash of the I mac !!!!!!


    So what ??????????????????t   This can not be a Ram Problem !!!!!!


    Footage and Projekt on external Drive "LaCie" via thunderbolt.




    I put the footage now on another external drive to test if "la Cie" is the reason for the troubles

  • 4. Re: Crash after intermission ????
    Tom Wolsky Level 10 Level 10 (106,175 points)

    Why convert to H.264? This is a delivery codec. You should convert to an I-frame codec, DV, DV50, ProResLT, ProRes.

  • 5. Re: Crash after intermission ????
    bmex Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Mhhhm, some cameras shoot the footage in H 264. FCPX should handle this.


    Anyhow, right now I work with an external "book" via firewire, till now its working smooth.


    Thunderbold should be quicker than firewire. And the "LaCie" Drive was really expensive.

  • 6. Re: Crash after intermission ????
    bmex Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)




    after two houes brake, FCPX seems to miss something and the sinning ball is coming instead of playing the timeline !!


    This is the time when I have to restart the computer, restarting fcpx does not solve the problem.



    So, whats wrong ?? The computer or FCPX ????????????????    ....or both !!

  • 7. Re: Crash after intermission ????
    Luis Sequeira1 Level 5 Level 5 (5,580 points)

    When that happens, do other applications still work, or is your mac stuck completely?

    Since this is something that happens after a period of time, could it be temperature related?